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Back to the Land
Planet Thrive was created by Julie Genser–photographer, writer and certified holistic health counselor–whose life was derailed by extensive food and chemical sensitivities brought on by multiple exposures to environmental toxins. Aside from the typical assaults we all experience in a lifetime, she was exposed to a broken mercury thermometer in her late 20s, toxic fumes in a garbage dump fire during a photography workshop in her early 30s, the harmful fumes (and emotional trauma) from the World Trade Center fires of 9/11, mold resulting from a flood in her apartment in 2003, and she recently tested positive for Lyme bacteria, which she believes is a 35+ year infection underlying all of her other health challenges.

Through the typical path of the heavy metal poisoned and chemically injured, it took years of being misdiagnosed, mismedicated, and dismissed by doctors for her to recognize her set of symptoms as part of a much larger problem. She attended The Institute of Integrative Nutrition in 2001-2002, which started her on her healing path. The growth of the Internet around this time eventually allowed her to connect with others on a similar journey to share personal experience and hard-earned knowledge. Little by little, she learned.

This website emerged out of an undying hope to use her years of research and personal experiments with diet, supplements, chelation and other alternative practices to help others in their search for health. This website is meant to fill in the gaps that she found during her online research, and to complement existing sources of information and support.

A few important things Julie has learned above everything else:

  • One must always remain at the helm of their own personal care
  • There is no magic bullet–never put blind faith into one doctor or treatment
  • What works for one does not always work for another–due to variability of individual biochemistry, and many other factors
  • What works for one may change over time–re-evaluate your treatment plan every now and again
  • Never give up hope

Julie recently left the East Coast to explore chemical free living in Arizona. She finds great joy in tribal bellydance and arabic hand-drumming, and in discovering new paths to wellness.

Supporting Julie
Sometimes people contact Julie wanting to send her gifts like CDs, books, and other things. Unfortunately, due to her chemical and mold sensitivities, she is unable to accept material gifts. If you would like to support Julie with a cash gift, you can send to her at her PayPal account ( Julie does not make any personal income from running this website and community; any profits go directly into running the site. Julie will use any cash gifts for her lyme and mold illness treatment, as well as daily living needs. Your kind intentions are so appreciated. xxx


Related Professional Training



  • worked as a copywriter for Aveda, a beauty and lifestyle company with a sustainability mission, as well as other private clients with a holistic focus 2001-2004


  • completed the Ecovillage and Permaculture Design Certificate Program at Lost Valley Educational Center, Dexter, Oregon 2004
  • accepted into the Intensive Semester in Sustainable Architecture at ECOSA Institute in Prescott, Arizona 2004 (Due to the emergence of severe Chemical Sensitivities from local conditions, Julie unfortunately had to leave this program after the first month.)
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design and Analysis / Interior Design from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1988



updated May 27, 2009
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posted by earthwalker on June 22, 2009 | tags:


  • Hellis Hill

    November 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    It’s wonderful to find such a resource on the internet for those who are struggling to find answers to their health problems and can feel so isolated and overlooked by mainstream society.

    We are the ‘yellow canaries’ who are feeling the first effects the overwhelming toxicity in our environment. Let’s hope that society wakes up to how we are polluting our planet, food supply etc. before everyone becomes ill.

  • George Morris

    September 27, 2010 at 8:08 am

    We need to have a system of medicine based on keeping people healthy through education and empowerment. And that means teaching young and old that they can maintain their health and help themselves to prevent disease through foods, nutrition, and healthy lifestyle choices. The public needs an incentive to make proper choices on an individual basis. They need to see the positive and negative effects of these choices. “Research Technology” can provide to an individual the “yardstick” to measure health change between “Time A – (the present) and Time B – (after intervention). We can reduce disease burden.

  • Lawrenz

    December 21, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    have come up with a low cost toxic free structure/really low cost (invented by gov’t)/ that doubles as a greenhouse / firm believe that the air with in any building has to be recycled for optimum health / also this structure has the ability to act as a barrier for radioactive toxins and Electromagnetic pollution that is ever increasing on a daily basis…rapid deployment no months and months of construction…anyone interested email me …first step in a toxic free habitat…next step is

  • Arnold Mann

    April 21, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    I have been writing about medicine for 25 years. Ten years for Time Magazine. Wrote a series of cover stories for Time and USA Weekend on Toxic mold. I’ve recently completed a book about Environmental Illness/MCS.

    Title: They’re Poisoning Us!
    From The Gulf War to the Gulf of Medicine.

    I’d like to have the publicist email you the media kit. Is there an email address she could mail it to?

    Arnold Mann

  • Barbara (FurAndFeathers)

    May 3, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I am so grateful to have found a website that integrates the multiple symptoms that I have been living with for years. I completely agree that I am the only truely responsible party in my quest for health. Although I am not willing to close my mind to traditional treatments, I hope to choose the most natural and least toxic methods of achieving a stronger body and a clearer mind.
    I am a member of The Global Indoor Health Network, an association of advocates for non-toxic living environments.

  • Alexis Rotella

    May 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    Dear Fellow Traveler:

    I love the way you designed your website. Any chance you can help me get mine so where it is user friendly?
    I am a poet/artist (haiku and japanese forms) and the author of PURPLE, the poem. If you do this sort of thing, I would love to hear from you, or perhaps you can recommend someone.

    I am an acupuncturist/nutritionist, student of Klinghardt
    and Bob Marshall of Premier Research Labs and have been working on Lyme and its buddies for a number of years.

    Wishing you splendid health,

    Alexis Rotella

  • Susan

    May 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    So much good energy emanating from this website!

  • Victoria Manga

    September 12, 2019 at 5:13 am

    Hello Julie
    My daughter 11yrs old has Lyme disease. I was reading in Healing Lyme by Stephen Harrod Huhner you have a website with practitioners listed. I can’t seem to find that website. Can you please let me know how to find that information.

  • earthwalker

    September 12, 2019 at 7:07 am

    Hi Victoria,
    The website is and the direct link for the practitioners page is: It may be outdated, as we have not added anyone in several years but is a good starting point. Best, Julie

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